You can’t escape the rise of women having Botox to manage signs of ageing. In the last five years, plastic surgery has halved, whilst aestheticians report a huge increase in women using injectables to keep themselves smooth and line free.
It makes sense. Botox injections work by relaxing the muscles on the face so that the skin looks wrinkle free and much smoother and at a cost of £100 – £200 per area, with a three to six-month result, Botox is relatively inexpensive and well tolerated. Even if something goes wrong, it isn’t permanent so it’s also less scary then surgical options.
Finally, the safety rate is far higher. Despite it being derived from extremely toxic Botulism, there has apparently never been a reported severe reaction to Botox.
Currently when women have far greater control over how they look, for how long (a very good thing) Botox is one of the drugs of choice. That doesn’t mean it’s risk free though and if you are thinking about it you should still be careful to research who does your work very carefully.
Here, the experts at Milo Clinic give their ten top tips which you should consider before choosing a Botox clinic.
1. Make sure they are trained practitioners
Injecting Botox is an expert procedure and should be administered by a qualified and trained practitioner. You will want to research the clinic to ensure the staff are all trained and have the papers to prove it.
2. Do your own research first
To make sure that you’re ready for Botox, it may be best to really get to know the procedure that you are about to undergo – perhaps watch YouTube videos on the procedures so you know what to expect, then when you go to visit clinics you will have a better knowledge of what they are offering.
3. Make sure you’re covered
To ensure you are protected if something goes wrong, you will want to check that the practitioner has appropriate insurance cover.
4. Go by clinic and practitioner, not the price!
When finding a clinic, it is best to ensure that they are an established medical and cosmetic clinic. In recent years many non-medical clinics such as hairdressers and beauty salons have started to offer Botox, however, most of these places are ill-equipped and are not ideal environments to perform surgical procedures.
5. Check your practitioner out
Check that the practitioner has registration with their relevant regulatory authority, which here in the UK will be the General Medical Council.
6. Look into specialised clinics
Look for clinics and practitioners whose focus is Botox and other aesthetic procedures, if the clinic also provides dermal fillers, this is a strong indication that the clinic specialises in this area of cosmetic services.
7. Word of mouth
Sometimes it’s best to speak to friends, co-workers or even people online who have had similar Botox procedures, chances are they will be able to give you reliable, honest advice and tell you where they get their treatments done.
8. Have a consultation
Some of the more reliable clinics will always offer pre-consultations to clients at an extra cost who are new to the procedures and want to gain more knowledge before undergoing the procedure. A good practice allows you to check out the clinic premises beforehand, this is also a great opportunity to ask the doctor any questions and let them know of any concerns you may have.
9. Ensure they have a follow-up service
You may want to make sure that the clinic you choose offers a follow up service rather than just leaving you in the dark after the procedure. If you are having Botox for the first time you will want to make sure you are getting the right result and that the doctor who administrated the procedure is available to discuss the treatment further.
10. Read reviews
Once you have had a consultation it’s a good idea to perhaps look into reviews of the clinic as well as the brand of Botox used. Sometimes one bad review can sway your decision and may help you dodge a bullet.